Wednesday, September 29, 2010

For Every Color of Trial... Pause and Ponder 1 Pet 1:6

Mish Mash Maggie

There is hope for the "manifold temptations" of 1 Peter 1:6.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Products That Help: Joining the Revolution!

The Chalk Revolution!


I had no idea there was a "chalk revolution, " but the folks at Studio Image seem to think so.

So much so, they printed it on the label of these...

 What are these?

Well, as previously observed, I use our windows as extra whiteboards.

Grabbing an Expo or Quartet dry erase marker is fast and easy.  However, with the days being so short and night coming early, we can't read our windows when it's dark outside.

 These markers, obtained at Michael's Arts and Crafts, lay beautiful color on my windows that are a wet erase-- no accidental smearing.

It is actually easier to read in person.  Mucho difficulte to snap a picture of this with a Point and Shoot.

 Anyhoo, there they are and so far so good.  We're very excited about them.

But then again, we're nerds ;P

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Abby's Science Corner: Exploring Creation w/ Physical Science Exp. 2.2

Wow, so apparently I should take more naps!

I woke up from an afternoon nap to discover that my daughter had not only completed her science experiment but she recorded it, edited it, and had it ready to roll.

So without delay...

Exploring Creation with Physical Science Experiment 2.2 Oxygen and Fire

And the recap...

Well I've Been Tagged! Eight Thoughtful Questions

Beaglemamma at Training Them Up has tagged me in a little Q & A session.

I liked reading through her questions and answers :) 

She has come up with her own eight questions and has tagged this Mishmashy Momma :D

So, here we go...

1.  What's one thing about your hubby that still makes you weak in the knees?  Is it the same thing that gave you that feeling when you were dating, or has it changed with time?

Okay, this is a strange answer... but I am quirky remember?  When we were dating, Karl and I went to a Japanese restaurant that was teppanyaki style-- a chef cooks the food for you and the 6-8 other people (that you may or may not know) on an open grill at the table. 

It was just a date for us so we were seated with strangers.  Our chef was great-- very animated and funny.  It wasn't long before everyone at the table was laughing and talking like old friends.  Well, the chef gestures to Karl that he is going to fling a sautee'ing shrimp into his mouth.  Karl smiles.  The chef flings the shrimp and Karl caught it! 

Something about that moment... I just loved him more some how.

Okay, so fast-forward many years later.

He just came home from his new job on a beautiful summer day.  Abby, age 2, and I are outside playing.  I am pregnant with Charlotte.  Anyway, I look back to see why they aren't coming inside and my hubby, still dressed in nice slacks, dress shirt, and tie with his bag slung over his shoulder is kneeling down.

I peaked over and could see he has gently caught a grasshopper and is showing it to an amazed Abby.

I have no idea what it was about the moment except that I loved that he was so willing to be there and it didn't matter that he was in his work clothes or that he had work to do.  He sweetly and gently gave his time and his heart to his little baby girl.

I loved him more some how.

And still do, because even though he is so incredibly busy, he is the same sweet, gentle, thoughtful man.  In fact, even more so...

{{{sniff, sniff, blow!}}}

Getting teary over here.

Okay, moving on...

2.  How have you seen God working in your life lately?

Wow. What a question.  The Lord has done so much in my life (over the years) let me see if I can dial in on one thing of late.

He is working in my willingness to "be spent."  2 Corinthians 12:15 says,

And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; 
though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved.

He working in me a desire to serve people (mainly my family) when it costs me something,
like time (when I would rather do something I want to do),
and to rely on Him for the strength and heart to do so.

It's very humbling and I get a full-color glimpse into just how selfish I really am/ can be.

Oh, and He is teaching me to "spend" myself without looking for any recognition or thanks.

Any prayers for me is greatly appreciated!

3.  Does your family have any favorite family traditions?

We aren't big "tradition" people but there are a few consistent things that we love like...

• Doing our read alouds together at night as a family


• Doing Character Sketches on Wednesdays and the weekends

I can't think of anything else right now... hmmm...

4.  What has one of your kids done lately that has caused you to laugh out loud?

My kids always say things that make me laugh!

This last Thursday we went to a burger place to celebrate Papa's birthday.  As we were leaving I noticed the tape measure-like thing on the doors and took a moment to teach the kiddos what that was (so if a place is robbed, the staff can give an estimated height as the robber is leaving).

Anyhoo, I asked, "Does anyone know why there are numbers on the door?"

We had our extra crew with us that night.  So glad they aren't camera shy!

Abby, my sweet petite who bemoans her small stature, replied,

"To make me feel bad?"

I love her height (and lack thereof!) :)

5.  If you could be alone in the car with a CD of your choice, what would it be?

I like mixes personally but I guess Tenth Avenue North "The Light Meets The Dark," Leeland's "Love Is On The Move," or a Gayle Erwin or Jon Courson teaching.

6.  Do you have a hidden talent, even if it's not something practical?  (For example, I can pick up almost anything with my toes!)

My children are convinced that the best meals I make are the ones I would call,

"Fly By The Seat of my Pants." 

Time is of the essence, I have no ideas and/or recipes, so I look at what is available and make something happen (usually never to be duplicated.)  They love it!

7.  If the you of today could go back in time and tell the you of high school one thing, what would it be?

Without a doubt...

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, 
in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

I actually wrote a post that was a conversation with a younger "me."
Reading it still gets me choked up.

8.  If money wasn't an issue and your schedule was free, what would you spend your days doing?

Remember the Lord is working contentment into my life! 
Actually, I would do what I am doing.  The money thing would just allow great generosity in all things.. whether it be gift giving or a field trip across the U.S.. 

Oh, wouldn't that be fun to just fly off to Jamestown as we're studying it?


Okay so here is the deal.

I could never pick only 8 bloggers from the beautiful faces in the sidebar.

I will list questions... consider yourself tagged :)

If you write a post, come back here and let us know.

It's actually fun! Thanks Beaglemamma!!

My Eight Questions...

1. What is your favorite Bible verse? How did it become your favorite? (If you don’t have a single favorite, please share one of your faves.)

2. What is currently on your nightstand? I dump my heart and brain on my nightstand... what's on yours??

3. What place have you not traveled to but would like to?  Why?

4. What is your favorite snack?

5. Why motivates you to blog?

6. Which person from the Bible (besides Jesus) are you most looking forward to meeting?

7.  What brings out the best in you... what brings out the worst?

8. What characteristic of God are you the most grateful for?

Okay, there you go! Make sure you let me know if you tag yourself-- I would love, love, love to read your answers!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Homeschool Highlights Week 2 Exp-1850

I realized I never did a complete post about Week Two.

Not that there was too much different from Week One.
We memorized verses 1-4 of James and sang This Is My Father's World

Besides learning about Charles V and Spanish Conquistadors,
we learned-- hopefully-- about the Netherlands, William the Silent, Mary (Queen of Scots), and Sir Walter Raleigh.

Now the reason I say hopefully is this...

 Notice the commentary?

Not just one child...
 Both felt compelled to comment!

We're having some, er... challenges in the enthusiasm department this year and fighting off a general malaise of...

Like I said, the homeschooling "honeymoon" is over and we're just having to do business.


This is probably waaayyy overdue, but seriously, we never needed to before.
But this year (starting at the end of Week Two) we are now having an individual sit down meeting with Dad.

I sit with the TM and relay what was covered over the week, what assignments should be completed, and results of tests and activities.  Dad looks through all their work and provides accountability for all of us.

I cannot express how much lighter the burden/responsibility feels to me.
I am free to give the assignments and if students aren't prompt or as ...diligent in their work as they could be, there is now another person to answer to besides me.

Besides, I think the children (especially the younger two) enjoy showing Daddy all their hard work.

I love having accountability for myself too.

We decided to start doing this now to create the habit we'll need once Abby starts the high school program.

Weekly meetings are built-in and we would rather us get used to it now rather than later.

The best bonus is that at the end of each meeting, Karl prays for each child which supplies the most important part of their covering.

So far so good--- I'll keep ya posted...

Homeschool Highlights Week 3 Exp-1850

Because of our annual trip to Washington Family Ranch ( to serve Multnomah University), we ended up taking week 3 over two weeks.

So, here is what we did and how it went...

In Bible, we continued to memorize verses from the Book of James.

We've now memorized Chapter 1; verses 1 through 8.

When you are studying and memorizing verses with phrases like, "various trials" and "testing of your faith," you can be sure your life will become very interesting.

We are "considering it all joy" while we look to Jesus to be our strength and giver of the wisdom He promises "to all generously and without reproach."

We started a new hymn, "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms."
We start each day out with our hymn and have just started singing the hymn again in the evening before read aloud.  This way Nana, Papa, and Karl can learn them too.

It is a blessing to hear everyone singing.

I really like this hymn and the verse it is based on, Deut. 33:27.
A few weeks ago I did a devotional on this verse-- how timely :)

In History, we learnth about King James and how he madeth everyone wroth!

Our family is comfortable with the King James version of the bible so there wasn't any "novelty," but we appreciated learning more about him and the beginnings of Jamestown, which was named in his honor.

Here are some notebooking pages...

Our activity was to make a simplistic wigwam.  I didn't have "brown" construction paper and completely flaked on realizing we could have used a grocery bag-- duhhhh.

I'm silly.

Anyhoo, we made ours orange.  It didn't really add to the... authenticity of the wigwam. :)

In Science, we are studying zoology.  Specifically, we are learning about mammals.

(Our kitchen windows double as extra whiteboards.)

We were delighted to read "mammals" on the window...

while seeing a mammal through the window...

Charlotte did half of her report on bears and the other half on giraffes so
she drew half of each!

Abby's science involves experiments which always seem to in the kitchen... while I'm trying to make dinner.

I think having a designated "science center" would help the chaos and encourage her to do the experiments right away and not... procrastinate.

She eagerly set to work cleaning the garage and creating a little space...

We are holding our own in Math, English, and Spelling.

We are super-dee duper busy now that the girls are back to ballet-- four classes a week and Elijah has started soccer.  I am focusing on getting through October!

But we are so excited to see our girls get to this level of dance and they are loving it :)

We finished our week with... a win for Elijah's team :D

And a celebration of Papa's birthday.

Aren't they so cute?!

I hope you guys had a great week too!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pause and Ponder: Taking Heed To The Ministry Col 4:17

Mish Mash Maggie

Colossians 4:17 And say to Archippus, "Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it."

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Week 2: Day 4 Model of a Backbone

The science activity for this day was to make a model backbone.

MFW tries to keep most of the hands-on activities fast, easy, and simple.  They are meant to add another dimension to the learning and are not meant to bog down the family.

To make this model backbone we needed spools of thread.  I feel a little protective of my spools of thread since I started sewing this year.

Again, the curriculum/ teacher's manual is not meant to be a task master... simply a tool to accomplish learning.

So, I looked around and realized that we had many wooden beads from a project we are doing (courtesy of the "Hawaskans.")

I must said, these beads made great vertebrae!

Instead of using a straw for the spinal cord, we used the every-handy pipe cleaner...

Fast, easy, simple... yet, effective.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Pause and Ponder: What Must I Do? Mark 10:17

Mish Mash Maggie

Is salvation merely an item your bucket list?  Or, do you pursue God with zeal?
A look at Mark 10:17.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Week 2: Day 2 Conquistadores & Bronzer, Math, and All About Spelling

From Story of the World, vol. 2; pages 19-22, our assigned ready for today...

"... For hundreds of years, traders from Spain and other European countries 
had traveled east to India,
where they bought cloves, nutmeg, and pepper..."

It wasn't planned or prompted in the TM, but I stopped reading and grabbed these from the drawer--

and made everyone sniff them :)

Elijah, who likes hands-on stuff, taped some of them to his notebooking page...

I continued to read and came across this sentence,

"...And they told stories about a king called El Dorado 
(or, in English, the "Man of Gold"),
who was so rich he wallowed in gold dust every day."

It made me stop and think about why he would do that.  Y'know, other than, he could.

And I realized that gold dust, like glitter or a bronzer, would stick to the skin, and with the South American sunshine, the king would look like... a god.

I was explaining this and had to stop, run upstairs, and grab this from my make-up bag:

I dusted Abby's entire face but she would not allow a picture :)

So we wiped some on an index card:

And they could see how the metallic powder reflects the light.

I was a little random today!  But, I was having fun :D

I wanted the kids to have fun too. Soooo...
Since there were a few references in our reading today about explorers that sent home letters which described conditions in South America, I suggested that Abby do that too!

I suggested she "write a letter" and use Google translate to print it in Spanish.  So, she did!

The English side--

The translated side--

Now keep in mind... it isn't always an accurate translation.

But, it sure is pretty...

after being copy and pasted in a Word document.
Oh, and it was fun :)

Here is the finished page--


In Math today, Elijah is reviewing place values--

So we brought out this--

Sometimes it helps to see it.  But sometimes, like today, it just sparks imaginative play and then math takes three-times as long :/

But, at least he was having fun with it and he did get all of his work finished before his first soccer practice today!

The last thing I'm gonna share today is a short video clip of Elijah segmenting sounds from short words.

I am really liking All About Spelling.

After he segmented, he built words with letter tiles.  He is cruising right along (since we started at Level One to avoid holes/gaps).  I'm curious what level he will get to this year...

Anyway, I just love that he is starting to do this as he is writing in other subjects.

I see him making this movement with his fingers as he sounds out words.  

It is pretty cool...

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